Apple to stop requiring face masks to be worn in some of its stores starting next week
Apple will reportedly stop requiring Apple Store customers to wear face masks at its stores in the US starting next week, according to a report from Bloomberg.
The report, via 9to5Mac, claims Apple has started to inform its retail and corporate employees of the upcoming change, noting that staff will still be required to wear a face covering, but customers will no longer be required to do so.
According to the report, Apple is also planning on relaxing some social distancing and face mask requirements at “some” corporate offices in Cupertino for “vaccinated individuals.”
The technology giant has begun informing retail employees of the impending change in impacted markets, according to people with knowledge of the matter, who declined to be identified discussing policy changes that haven’t been announced. The change will go into effect as early as Tuesday, and employees have been told that they won’t be required to ask customers for verification of vaccination.
Bloomberg’s report doesn’t note any changes to rules at other stores around the world, with many countries in Europe still requiring face coverings to be worn, regardless of vaccination status, unless medically exempt.